On Wednesday morning, the Minnesota Vikings swapped out one defensive tackle for another.
The team announced that they had signed former Chicago Bears defensive tackle Will Sutton. In order to make room for Sutton on the 90-man roster, the team waived defensive tackle Toby Johnson.
Sutton played his college football at Arizona State, and was a third-round pick (#82 overall) of the Bears in the 2013 NFL Draft. According to the story in the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Sutton projects as more of a nose tackle than a three-technique, which leads one to believe that he could find himself as the primary backup to Linval Joseph on the defensive interior for the Vikings.
The decision to waive Toby Johnson comes as a bit of a surprise, at least to me. I had been of the impression that Johnson had a chance to be a part of the defensive line rotation for the Vikings this coming season. I’m sure that the Vikings will have him on speed dial if anything happens to anyone on the roster now, but for now he’s no longer on the roster.
Just another roster move as we get closer to the start of the 2017 NFL season.